Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, LLP joins the families of victims, academics, and other civil society organizations such as the US Human Rights Network in sending a letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the implementation of the recent Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/43/L.50) adopted on June 19, 2020.
In this letter, the UN High Commissioner is urged to center her report on the lived experiences of people of African descent and be informed primarily by individuals and communities directly impacted by structural racism and police violence and examine the government responses to antiracism protests, including the alleged use of excessive force against protesters, bystanders and journalists through on the ground consultations.
As whistleblower advocates, the attorneys at Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto consider themselves to be vanguards of protected speech and personally know how necessary it is to get first person information to uncover the depth of corruption and abuse. In the police brutality context, it is necessary to get information from victims, protesters, and, indeed police. As Police Commander Lorenzo Davis, Esq. demonstrated when he bravely blew the whistle on police misconduct in Chicago, in order to truly dismantle a system of violence you need to know how deep wrongdoing pervades.
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